• Hour of Code

    Computer Science Education week is December 7 - 13.  Use these resources below to explore coding and gaming in a way you may have never experienced before.  All you need is your phone. Follow @WakefieldMiddle and #HourOfCode on twitter for more updates.

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  • Try out some of the activities below using your personal device.  If one of them doesn't work, just move onto the next one.  Most of these are compatible with all smartphones and tablets.  Some of them are only compatible with iOS or Android devices, and those are marked accordingly.  Also, some of them require you to download an app, but the app is free.  Have fun!  Learn to code! 
     
    Beginner
    The Foos (app download) -  "The Foos" is a fun and kid-friendly way to learn about computer programming. Program cute characters to solve puzzles and bring a virtual world to life. The game is "word free" so all can play!
     
    Box Island Game (app download) - Take a trip on Box Island and help Hiro collect all the clocks scattered in the wilderness! In this tutorial you will learn the basics of algorithms, sequences, loops and conditionals! 
     
    Monster Coding -  The Mystery Island Coding Quest by Monster Coding offers a fun filled self guided adventure that teaches several key programming concepts to children. Each block based activity builds on the previous, introducing kids to Functions, Boolean Values, Loops, If/Else Statements, and Arrays, using colorful animated graphics, audio instructions. 
     
    Intermediate 
    Tynker (app download) - Learn to program by solving fun coding puzzles. Easily build games and stories using with themed graphics, 10+ game-kits and customizable characters. No Internet connectivity required. You can also access your creations on the web.
     
    Flappy Bird -  Use drag-and-drop programming to make your own Flappy Bird game, and customize it to look different (Flappy Shark, Flappy Santa, whatever). Add the game to your phone in one click.
     
    Play Lab -  Create a story or make a game with Play Lab! Make animals, pirates, zombies, ninjas, and many more characters move, make sounds, score points, and even throw fireballs!
     
    Star Wars -  Learn to program droids, and create your own Star Wars game in a galaxy far, far away.
     
    Code with Anna and Elsa -  Let's use code to join Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice. You will create snowflakes and patterns as you ice-skate and make a winter wonderland that you can then share with your friends!

    Lightbot (app) - Lightbot is a game that asks players to use programming logic to solve puzzles! Gain a practical understanding of basic coding concepts by guiding Lightbot to light up all the blue tiles in each level. Learn how to sequence instructions, write procedures, and utilize loops along the way in this self-guided activity. Great for all ages and all skill levels. 
     
    Run Marco (app only iOS and online) -  Students play an adventure game based on an original story. They guide Marco - the main character - through each level by giving him step-by-step instructions in the form of the visual programming language used by the Hour of Code. They get introduced to sequencing commands, iteration and conditions without even noticing it.
     
    Angry Birds - Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms.
     
    Advanced 
    Code Academy - Code Academy is an interactive, student-guided introduction to the basics of CS through JavaScript that's used by tens of millions of students around the world.